Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Practicing Nonattachment, 2

Fascinating exercise. So odd and disorienting to keep adding layers—but not develop an idea. To paint in this way is foreign to me, even with the recent inching I've done in this direction.

To review: Put paint on paper. While it dries, put paint on a second sheet of paper. While it dries, cover at least 3/4 of the first sheet with new paint. While it dries, do the same with sheet #2. Repeat two more times.

I could literally feel discomfort in my body as I moved through the exercise, especially by layer 3.

Here's how the second sheet played out. The paints I picked had low opacity, making the experience of this sheet different from the first.

Having "fulfilled" the requirements of the exercise, I now plan to use these two sheets as starts for paintings that I'll develop through to completion.

layer 1

layer 2

layer 3

layer 4


  1. Lovely layers lure the lookers.

    1. Appreciative of alliterative accolades, admired artist!

  2. These are just so gorgeous-they look like batik!

    1. Thanks, Laurie. Love your batik allusion—yes! precisely! The layers must be contributing. This piece is circling the airport waiting for its turn to land in my studio again.